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Old 05-27-2016, 07:28 AM
 
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I've had chickens that seemed to enjoy gentle strokes along the back. Ive also heard of people catching trout by stroking or tickling them.
Oh, that's so funny! When I was a young girl I had several pet chickens which would come when I called them and they'd "nest" in my lap while I petted them.


A few years ago my family put in a pond for me for Mother's Day and I foolishly filled it with koi. Then I taught them to come when I called and they would allow me to stroke them while I fed them. I'm not sure that touching a fish is healthy for them if you plan on allowing them to live but it was a whim I had anticipating the visit of children to the yard.


Ultimately it proved to be the very death of my poor koi which became so tame that when the herons and raccoons came to visit they eagerly surfaced for dinner and play time.


I'm pretty tactile with creatures and had a friend with a tarantula which tolerated stroking. It was difficult to tell if it was grinning or not.
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Old 05-27-2016, 03:35 PM
 
Location: United Nations
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Doesn't touch remind some animals of being attacked?
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Old 05-27-2016, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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The following animals I have personal experience with and they all enjoyed being stroked:

Rabbits
Rats
Ferrets
Minks
Mynah birds
Large snakes such as a 12' Indian Rock Python
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Old 05-28-2016, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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My cats prefer to have their faces vigorously rubbed, but they tolerate gentle stroking, which for me is a meditative experience.

The deer and coons are so tame I can hand feed them, but they don't like to be touched.
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Old 05-28-2016, 11:46 AM
 
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I once volunteered to feed, clean cages and help tame rabbits for a humane pet shop. In spite of my love of nearly all creatures (I did kill a fly today) those rabbits hated me. Such a surprise.


The person who was training me thought it may have something to do with me having cats and that I handled the rabbits the same way that I did with cats. She suggested never touching those particular rabbits on the back or approaching them from the back because of that feeling of being hunted that it gave them. In affirmation of Ever Black's question.


It never got any better. My work with rabbits was unsuccessful!
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Old 05-28-2016, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I used to stroke a black snake that lived in the base of my mulberry tree. He liked to come out and sun himself on the branches of a nearby shrub and would allow me to stroke his back. I don't know if he "liked" it or not but he never even turned his head when I did it, much less bit me. I miss him - he would eat any small, dead animals I tossed in the trunk of the tree.
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